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June 12, 2011

Aaron Worthing's Chat With The Comely Coed

In which The Comely Coed insists that sure, Weiner sent her that pic, but she didn't do anything to encourage that.

This is less of a "I believe you" than a "I'm not sure it matters at this point so, whatever."

She goes on to explain that most infamous of "Ethel's" tweets -- the one about honey-mustard -- was most likely a case of a friend, or boyfriend, typing up an embarrassing message on to her left-open Twitter.

Ethel did immediately say "Hacked... obviously." And reading this so-dirty-it's-ludicrous tweet, yes, I have to say in retrospect, this does not read like a girl being dirty. It reads like a guy being funny.

That over-the-top sexual thing? That's a guy thing. We do that 200 times a day here.

Plus, it was public.

It should also be noted that it wasn't like "Ethel" typically said such things on Twitter. Nope, that was out of character. That jumps out in the tweet history.

As an added bonus, it would explain a lot. The first part of that tweet praises someone I take to be her friend and/or boyfriend, the guy I am guessing actually wrote it. But the second part mentions "weiner" -- my thinking is this is razzing her about her crush, even as he sockpuppets her into praising himself.

So based on this, I have been on Team Pranked Tweet as regards this particular item since yesterday.

However, as regards Weiner's state of mind...? Weiner would not have known the backstory here, and might have said, "Hey, this girl's got potential."

By the Way: I realize many of you are going to say "That's not true."

I'm going to have to ask you not to do that. I know you disagree. I get that. Consider it judicially noted that there are many objections to this post.

But this is not just an argument, you know. There are issues here beyond who's right and who's wrong.

This'll Put The Kibbosh On Such Outrageous Slanders: As I wrote in a comment, and now have asked The Comely Coed:

The odd thing here is that if Weiner and The Comely Coed are being truthful, than what is admitted is worse than what is merely suspected: That the claim is that he sent, unsolicited and unwarned, a picture of his erection to a 21 year old college student who was, we are informed, merely talking about being harassed by PatriotUSA76.

Ironically, the claim is this: The Comely Coed was talking with Weiner about how PatriotUSA76 was accusing Weiner of talking dirty with underage girls, which then provokes him, it seems, to send an underage (or near-underage) girl a picture of his erection.

Was his intent... deep, black-humor irony?

I don't get the joke. "That's such an outrageous claim, I shall parodize it by... sending a 21 year old an unsolicited picture of my erection! And let this sarcastic missive stand as my response to such risible claims!"

Or, as a commenter puts it:

Why did the chicken cross the road?

A: Here's a picture of my penis.

I Asked... The Comely Coed two questions. In response to Worthington, she alleged:

He wasn’t inappropriate with me, though. Our talks were about people like Wolfe. I was intrigued by them. I still am. I’ve watched closely. I’m considering writing a piece on it.

So, my first question was a variation of:

Am I to understand, per the interview with Aaron Worthington of Patterico.com, that you were only DMing with him about these scurrilous allegations made by the #bornfree crew that he was behaving inappropriately with underage girls, and, in response to this complaint of this absurd charge, he sent a picture of his erection to you, thereby confirming the charge?

Or was it some attempt at deepest irony?

OUT: Anthony Weiner is an out-of-control cybersexer

IN: Anthony Weiner is an out-of-control ironist

Her answer was:

Why would I tell you what my speculation is? You want to know his intent? Ask him.

A commenter, May Bee I think, points out she is more eager to offer an explanation for Ethel's tweets, one that helps Ethel. I actually believe that explanation, but do note the disparate treatment. I take from that she has no speculation that could help Weiner and so chooses to clam up. On this one.

Which leads to my next question. I asked a variation of:

Since you are now alleging, and agreeing with Weiner, that he sent an unsolicited, unwarned, uninvited picture of his erection to a 21 year old girl -- a nonconsensual sex act, like flashing -- which is prosecutable (see Alvin Greene's prosecution for the obscenity of showing a coed a dic pic on the Internet), will you now join me in calling for Anthony Weiner to resign?

She did something like what she did at Patterico's place -- she stomped off and didn't answer.

Can I just say, Id rather get 20 unsolicited "lewd" pics than the THOUSANDS of harassing tweets Ive received from the obsessed extremists!

BTW, I said this on Twitter too: Please don't harass her when she's actually answering questions with an interviewer. What do you hope to accomplish? To the extent we get anywhere it is from her answers. What is the point of 1000 people shouting at her?

Well, the point is she gets to do what she did here, which is disappear from the interview, using harassment as a reason.

And I actually was sort of getting somewhere.

Anger is not useful. Repetitions of the same allegations are not useful.

I was actually asking provocative questions and now she's gone.

Please don't do this. All the anger in the world isn't going to solve anything.

I hate to pull rank here but some people really do not know what the F*** they're doing and seem to think that just shouting and jumping up and down is somehow aiding the cause.

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